News tagged with habitable planet

Under the bright lights of an aging sun

Life as we know it on Earth is linked to our star, the Sun, which provides our planet with just the right amount of heat and energy for liquid water to be stable in our lakes, rivers and oceans. However, as the Sun ages, ...

dateJul 04, 2014 in Astronomy
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Greenhouse effect could extend habitable zone

The distant region beyond Saturn is too cold for liquid water, a necessity for life as we know it. But new research indicates that rocky planets far from their parent star could generate enough heat to keep water flowing ...

dateAug 26, 2011 in Astronomy
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The quest for inhabited habitable planets

Which came first: life or habitability? Although this question seems at first sight contradictory, a new paper by Colombian researchers is bringing to the attention of astrobiologists a classical conundrum: Is life also required ...

dateJun 03, 2014 in Astronomy
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Hunting for transits of Super-Earth GJ 581e

( -- An international team of astronomers has ruled out transits of a water-rich or hydrogen-helium atmosphere planet for Gliese 581e. The host star itself is relatively quiet which means good news for the potential ...

dateJun 02, 2011 in Astronomy
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Coming to a solar system near you… super-Earth!

It is our general understanding of solar system composition that planets fall into two categories: gas giants like Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus… and rocky bodies that support some type of atmosphere like Earth, ...

dateAug 08, 2011 in Astronomy
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